Organ donor memorial proposed for state Capitol Complex

Phil Drake

Efforts are moving forward to add an outdoor memorial to the northeast side of the Capitol Complex grounds to honor Montana’s organ donors.

The Capitol Complex Advisory Council at its Dec. 5 meeting, approved the Governor’s Office of Community Service progressing with the proposal to the state Legislature but not allowing any money from the state general fund to be used to pay for it.

The project is estimated to cost $300,000-$400,000.

In a memo to the council, which earlier in the meeting OK’d the pose of a separate statue honoring former Republican Gov. Judy Martz, the Governor’s Office of Community Service said it wanted to create an outdoor memorial to honor organ donors and their families.

The memorial is called “The Threshold of Life: A symbol of hope for those in waiting.”

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Since 2010, the Governor’s Office of Community Service, also known as ServeMontana, has served as the state’s lead on educating the public on organ donations. Sarah R. Sadowski, director of the office, said the effort was inspired by the 2006 death of Bette Bohlinger, the wife of then-Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger. She died

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